2014 18/03

The project “De facto implementation of international obligations of the Republic of Belarus in the field of civil rights and freedoms” (BISH) gave its participants the opportunity to obtain information about the work of organs and structures of the United Nations from Belarusian and international experts.

The participants of project “De facto implementation of international obligations of the Republic of Belarus in the field of civil rights and freedoms ” (Bring International Standards Home) program “International law to protect public interest” met with Belarusian and international experts during one of the sessions of the project, where they received information about the international system of human rights protection, opportunities and practices of working with UN mechanisms in the field of human rights. The representative of Department of Europe and Central Asia of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Ulupi Atabekian (photo) spoke to the Belarusian human rights activists and lawyers and told them about the basic principles and mechanisms for the protection of human rights within the UN system and the structures of the statutory bodies of the UN, which carry out promotion and protection of human rights.

“Participants in our training program are very lucky that the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights approved the participation of its employees in our training event. Thus, the participants got an opportunity to talk directly to the person who works with the mechanisms to activate which Belarusian human rights activist and lawyers often ask. This gave an opportunity to establish personal contact, to find answers to many questions and learn directly about the peculiarities and specific work being done in the UN system”, – told the manager of the training program “De facto implementation of international obligations of the Republic of Belarus in the field of civil rights and freedoms ” Aleh Aheeu (photo).

Ukrainian expert Sergey Burov: “ILIA program strengthens the potential of civil society in Belarus” Speakers of the project experts have repeatedly stressed to participants the importance of cooperation with international human rights systems, as well they presented the audience the experience of international, foreign and national human rights organizations and human rights defenders and successful practices in solving problems.

Coincidentally, on February 26, on the eve of the project’s session “De facto implementation of international obligations of the Republic of Belarus in the field of civil rights and freedoms” one of the founders, Belarusian human rights activist and the first President of the Belarusian Human Rights House Barys Zvozskau would have turned 65 years old. Barys Zvozskau died in June 2012, and put himself on record.

Thus, Ukrainian human rights activist Sergei Burov (photo), who together with Barys Zvozskau participated in the planning and development of educational projects for Belarusian lawyers, spoke about the development of the project and the results that have been achieved: “It was Barys Zvozskau’s dream. The similar idea had Ludmila Ulyashina and together they have joined forces in order to create such a project. There was an idea to teach Belarusian lawyers and attorneys for them to apply more professionally international human rights protection mechanisms in cases where national mechanisms do not work. Initially, the course was aimed at active usage by Belarusian human rights activists and lawyers such mechanisms as filing a complaint to the Committee on Human Rights. Indeed, now the complaints became more numerous and they became more professional – they pass the eligibility criteria, they are being considered. This work is very important, because it is the only way to avoid the isolation of the country – thanks to this Belarus is known in the international institutions, these facts are recorded and documented. Thus, carrying out the work with human rights defenders and lawyers, this program strengthens the potencial of civil society in Belarus”.

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Project “De facto implementation of international obligations of the Republic of Belarus in the field of civil rights and freedoms” (Bring International Standards Home – in English) is part of the Human Rights House Network “International law to protect the public interest”.

The project is developed by a group of lawyers and human rights defenders in 2005 and since then has been carried out by partner organizations of Human Rights House Network in collaboration with international and national experts.

Since the beginning of the project and to the present date, the project partners – non-governmental organizations from Belarus, Ukraine, Poland, Lithuania and Norway have been working together to give lawyers and human rights activists in Belarus an opportunity to improve their skills in the application of international standards in the protection of human rights and freedoms.

By “Belarusian HRH”
Prepared by Ales LETA
Belarusian Legal Portal
by.prava-by.info

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